OURIKA VALLEY

Oukaimeden, Morocco

“Located not too far from Marrakech, this place is breath taking. The landscapes are rich of different colors and contrasts, people there are friendly and you can experience some of their food and their culture. Try to eat by the lake, you will not regret it…”

– Daox

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The Ourika Valley is a popular escape from the summer heat of Marrakesh. The village of  Setti Fatma is a weekend resort for young Marrakshis, who ride out on their mopeds or BMWs to lie around and picnic beside the streams and waterfalls. The village lies at the end of the road, but a piste (to Timichi) and then a mule track continues up the valley to passes to Tacheddirt and Oukaimeden, which has the best skiing in Morocco and interesting prehistoric rock carvings. The path also continues through to Imlil and Toubkal, making it a useful starting/finishing point for trekkers. (via Rough Guides)

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